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Why Get Certified?

Here are some of the reasons WQA-certified professional cite when asked why they decided to pursue the certification:

  • To give yourself and your company a competitive advantage;
  • To increase credibility with customers and self-confidence;
  • To set an example for your colleagues and employees;
  • To save your company time and money by reducing errors and call-backs;
  • To have your name listed in WQA's online directory of certified professionals, and
  • To increase employee engagement and reduce turnover.

About WQA's Professional Certification Program

The WQA Professional Certification program helps consumers and employers identify individuals in the point-of-use/point-of-entry water quality improvement industry who have demonstrated a certified level of professional expertise and are dedicated to high professional standards. WQA's is a voluntary credentialing program, and to achieve any WQA-certified designation, the candidate must pass a comprehensive exam and agree to abide by the Association's Code of Ethics for the Water Quality Improvement Industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

About how long does it take to become professionally certified by WQA?

It varies by professional situation and desired designation, but in general water treatment professionals should expect to devote about 120 hours toward completing the education and training requirements prior to taking any WQA examination.

How much does it cost?

The amount will vary depending on the designation, but most certifications cost around $470 per person (for WQA members), including the cost of the exam.

When and where can I take the certification exam?
Certification Exams can be taken at the WQA Headquarters in Lisle, Illinois, and are offered at key industry conferences and trade shows throughout the year. Exams can also be arranged at a testing site in your area by contacting WQA.

For how long is a certification valid?
All WQA professional certifications expire after three years. In order to renew a certification, the professional must attain the required continuing education credits and pay a recertification fee.